Change the World: The Evolution of Farming

Thursday, November 19th, 3:00 PM EST

Hosted by Castor Ventures Partner, Cainon Coates

Please join us for a discussion with Sebastien Boyer, Co-Founder & CEO of FarmWise to learn more about their autonomous robots that perform a variety of farming functions, using machine learning models, computer vision, and high-precision mechanical tools. Additionally, Castor Ventures Partner, Cainon Coates, will share how he leveraged his roots as a farmer, raising pigs and harvesting produce, to make this investment.

FarmWise’s robots will help facilitate organic farming at scale. The company‘s first product is a fully autonomous weeder that replaces herbicides, saves growers labor costs, and increases the yield of the crops by working day and night to remove unwanted plants and weeds. FarmWise’s robots also collect plant and soil-level data more granularly and precisely than what drones or satellites could ever achieve allowing them to train their product to become smarter and provide better data to growers for a proactive approach to farming. The company intends to leverage this data and their fleet of robots to incrementally automate all cultivation tasks including soil tiling, planting, spraying, and fertilizing.

See a video of the FarmWise autonomous farming robot in action here.

Join our webinar on Thursday, November 19th at 3pm ET to learn more about FarmWise and the future of farming.

FarmWise builds innovative systems and processes that allow farmers to streamline farm operations and increase food production efficiency. We leverage the best technology, such as recent advances in robotics and AI, and apply it to decide and perform plant-level interventions on the field. Unlike traditional agricultural service providers, farm equipment manufacturers and other farm robotics companies, we’re offering as a fully integrated service a technical infrastructure capable of precisely automating interventions on the field while capturing crop-level insights that help inform future interventions.

About Your Presenters

Sebastien Boyer, Co-Founder & CEO - FarmWise

Sebastien Boyer, Co-Founder & CEO - FarmWise

Sebastien is the co-founder and CEO of FarmWise where he focuses on leveraging the power of AI and robotics to build a new farming infrastructure (both virtual and physical). Before co-founding FarmWise, Sebastien worked as a mathematician for IBM Research and a data scientist for Facebook. He was named one of the 35 Innovators Under 35 for Europe from MIT Technology Review in 2018 and named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2019. He holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Cainon Coates, Partner - Castor Ventures

Cainon Coates, Partner - Castor Ventures

Cainon has a background in finance and entrepreneurship. At Boston Consulting Group, he conducted due diligence across the semiconductor, transportation, and medical device industries. At PBM, a $500M healthcare-focused VC firm, he led the due diligence process and worked as an operating partner within portfolio companies. He is also an active angel investor in several MIT startups. In addition, Cainon co-founded University Laundry, which was acquired by a national operator and would be sold to Proctor & Gamble’s marquee Tide brand. He has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems and Information Engineering.

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